The Temple of Bacchus in the Baalbek Roman temple complex near Beirut formed the backdrop to the concert of the 'Messa da Requiem' by Giuseppe Verdi organised by the Italian Embassy and Cultural Institute as part of the Lebanese summer music festival. The concert was performed by the Bucharest Radio Orchestra conducted by maestro Toufic Maatouk and featured soloists Maria Agresta (soprano), Daniela Barcellona (mezzo-soprano), Giorgio Berrugi (tenor), and John Relyea (bass). The location chosen for the concert symbolises the Roman culture and is now being subjected to an ample restoration and conservation work on the Temple of Jupiter by an Italian company and financed by the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (AICS).
The restoration work is being carried out on the six columns of the Temple of Jupiter and will be concluded in June 2020. The work falls within the scope of the 'Cultural Heritage and Urban Development’ programme promoted by the Lebanese Government and the World Bank and is part of the Italian archaeological programme in Lebanon. The AICS has also committed to restore the caravanserai of Baalbek.